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Friday, October 26, 2012

Policies of the 1980s, 1950s, and 1920s

From the last debate:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Governor Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al-Qaida's a threat because a few months ago when you were asked, what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia — not al-Qaida, you said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years.

But, Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.
Actually, Romney said that Russia is the "foe" and Iran is the "threat". But I am more interested in Obamas clever line about the 80s, 50s, and 20s. What did he mean?

The 1920s were years of great economic and technological progress. They were much superior to the 1910s (WWI, income tax) and 1930s (great depression, exacerbated by failed FDR policies).

The 1950s had the high water mark for the American nuclear family. Social policies favored it, and no one had to apologize for it. Since then, we have had a steady increase in illegitimate births and all of the resultant problems.

The 1980s had Ronald Reagan declare the USSR as the Evil empire, and then win the Cold War with military strength, commitment to American values, and diplomacy. For example, he started to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe, and then destroy them when he got Soviet concessions. He won American respect, without soldiers getting killed.

Obama stands for leftists who like the way FDR's economic policies destroyed the prosperity of the 1920s. He talks frequently about how he led us into a second great depression, and he is more concerned with enacting his policies than with getting us out. He also stands for destroying the American family, and for a more humble foreign policy.

I guess Obama was accusing Romney of being a conservative.

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